Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
3.85/5
791 Ratings
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,916
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
791
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
115
Trade:
0
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Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSwampy
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle with a 12/18/16 best-by date.

A straightforward oatmeal stout with no major flaws and no particular nuance to make it stand out. Color dark brown with a khaki head that left lacing on the glass. Nose dominated by caramel and other dark malts with hints of sweetness. Taste fairly direct cola / caramel dominant, a bit of edge and a bit of darker tones on the backside, finishing just a little thin. Not as complex as the best of the style. Smooth, but not as smooth as some oatmeal stouts. Decent, enjoyable, not exceptional for a stout.

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Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guppy314
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I do love the creamy, full mouth feel and smooth balance of an oatmeal stout. From a bottle, pours a dark brown with tan head. Aromas and tastes of roasted coffee with malt flavors that sustain through to the end (other stouts at this price point have a watery finish).

The label says that this was brewed by JosephsBrau Brewing. Trader Joe's grocery always contracts out their beers -- and those contractors occasionally are changed.

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Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nobodywonder
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taylorxmade
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vabeerguy
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devo1980
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a good beer. Perhaps I am giving it better ratings, because it runs $1.25 a bottle. But it is a smooth, well crafted Oatmeal Stout. This is right up there with $5/bottles. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Nat1975
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TitoLounge
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rcaisse
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a session beer drinker. But for three reasons, I could finish off a six-pack of Stockyard Stout in a succession of three crummy days with even crummier Chicago early April weather. (In fact I might do that right now.)

First, this stout is a great value. A six-pack is under a $1 a bottle. Thank you TJ.

Second, this Looks like a nice stout and Smells like their recipe totally figured out that the Taste is about using malts to get both sweetness and dryness. Hops are an ingredient, instead of a crutch that too many brewers use to appeal to Americans' baser instincts.

Third, this has a lusciously smooth Feel that calms my nerves.

If you can get all that in a 6-pack for the same price as one beer from Belgium, then maybe I should reconsider my bias toward the Belgians.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a luscious deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of beige head. Lace is speckled on the sides as the head recedes to a finger. Light only penetrates the very bottom of the glass where there's less body taking up space.

Aromas of ...stockyard? Interesting. Smells like a dark chocolate mousse with hints of auction barn, coconut, cocoa butter, cacao bean, roast malt, and a hint of citrus.

Hop attacks the palate first with sharp leafy notes, followed by very dry and dusty cocoa, a beautiful roast malt profile, and a finish of mild coffee with a tablespoon of chocolate creamer (no sugar). As it warms to room temp, the bitterness comes out more and it's like chewing on a leaf with powdered cocoa.

Feel is zippy and smooth, semi dry parch on the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid oatmeal/dry stout. It's a touch too bitter for me though, and I feel there are better options out there for the taking. Still, a worthy contender and worth a try.

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Photo of Michael_Lopez
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color, couple fingers of head. decent retention and leaves some lacing.

light on the nose, some malts, a faint bitterness...very subtle.

the taste is pretty quality. chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. liking it! feel is a bit on the light side for the style, but highly drinkable indeed. overall pretty solid!

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Photo of Hopstout
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheStoutLord
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark as anything with a tan heads that has some life to it.

S: Dark roasted malts dominate the scent. Theres a little sweetness, maybe a fruit smell or caramel.

T: A moderate malt in the front that gives way to a roasted and fruity end. The end is whats really good. It kind of tastes like its nearly sweet, but not quite there. Imagine a combination of caramel, oatmeal and coffee with a hint of chocolate and overarching fruit, like raisin or something. That tail end of the flavor is really unusual for a stout, but I like it.

F: Very light bodied and drinkable, which is the opposite of what I thought it would be as an oatmeal stout.

O: Very, very good. A sweet(ish) stout that I feel could appeal to a lot of people that get intimidated by darker beers.

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Photo of JF1917
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 791 ratings
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